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Toyota Motor North America and Kenworth Truck Co., a unit of Paccar Inc., announced Class 8 fuel cell-electric vehicles are a potential zero-emission replacement for diesel-powered trucks.
The announcement is based on the findings of a recent shore-to-store project at the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles basin and the Inland Empire.
The 10-truck project’s goal was to nearly match the performance of diesel-powered drayage trucks while eliminating emissions to provide a sustainable solution in heavy-duty transportation, according to the companies. It was part of the ongoing and larger Zero- and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project in the region.
Zero emissions, same towing capacity. Together with @KenworthTruckCo, we show that hydrogen can replace diesel for heavy-duty truck operations at @PortofLA with @Shell and @CARB. Learn more: https://t.co/poQnaZFvfd #Mobility #LetsGoPlaces pic.twitter.com/hqkcesmUuY— Toyota USA (@Toyota) September 22, 2022
The baseline for the Toyota-Kenworth T680 FCEV truck was a 2017 diesel engine operating about 200 miles a day. The T680 FCEV has a range of about 300 miles when fully loaded to 82,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, and with no downtime between shifts for charging and the 15- to 20-minute fill time, the FCEVs could run multiple shifts a day and cover up to 400 to 500 miles, they noted.
It's Zero Emissions Day! Check out all of Kenworth's battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies and learn how Kenworth can be a full service partner in your Drive to Zero Emissions at https://t.co/yfljTl9tVZ#Kenworth #ZeroEmissions #BatteryElectric #T680E #K270E #K370E pic.twitter.com/b9oTp6gYIu— Kenworth Truck Co. (@KenworthTruckCo) September 21, 2022
The ZANZEFF project is anticipated to conclude later this year, the companies reported. Toyota, Kenworth and Shell (for hydrogen fueling stations) proposed the shore-to-store test, which was funded with a $41 million grant awarded by the California Air Resources Board.
“We clearly showed that hydrogen is a viable clean fuel capable of powering commercial transportation for customers, matching diesel performance in range and power,” Kenworth Chief Engineer Joe Adams said in a release, “with quick refueling for minimal downtime and smooth, quiet operation.” — Transport Topics
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